According to Sartre that ‘existence precedes essence’ is the first principle’ of Existentialism. There is no ‘human nature’ determined by God or nature, there is no objective set of rules that we must follow to decide what to do. Instead we become what we are by our own choices. In his new book Rethinking Existentialism, Jonathan Webber offers an interpretation of existentialism as the ethical theory that human freedom is the foundation of all other values.
SATURDAY 11 JANUARY 2020
2.45pm Course Registration
3.00pm What is Existentialism? Back to post-war Paris
4.30pm Tea / coffee
5.00pm What is Existentialism? Back to pre-war Paris
6.30pm Break / bar open
8.15pm- Rethinking existentialism: From radical freedom to
SUNDAY 12 JANUARY 2020
8.15am Breakfast (residents only)
9.30am Beauvoir on becoming a woman
10.45am Coffee / tea
11.15am Q & A
Questions directed by MARIANNE TALBOT
12.30pm Break / bar open
2.00pm Course disperses
Nausea (1938) Penguin Classics 2000
Existentialism is a Humanism, tr. Carol Macomber, 2007, New Haven: Yale, 
Anti-Semite and Jew, tr. George J. Becker, New York: Schocken. Reprinted with preface by Michael Walzer, 1997 .
Being and Nothingness, trans. Sarah Richmond, London: Routledge, 2018.
de Beauvoir, S:
She Came to Stay, 1984, translated by Y. Moyse and R. Senhouse, London: Fontana
Philosophical Writings Edited by Margaret A. Simons with Mary Beth Mader, University of Illinois Press (26 Jan. 2005) esp chs 3, 6, 9.
The Second Sex, 2010, translated by C. Borde and S. Malovany-Chevallier, New York: Alfred A. Knopf esp Vol. 1 Introduction, Vol. 2 Part 1 Ch 1, Vol. 2 Part 2 Ch 10.
The Ethics of Ambiguity, trans. Bernard Frechtman, New York: Citadel Press, 1976.
Accommodation for this weekend is at Rewley House for Saturday night only.
Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.
All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.
Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £80.00
Baguette Sunday: £5.00
Dinner Saturday evening: £21.00
Single B&B Saturday Night: £83.00
Single Room Only Saturday Night : £71.00
Sunday Lunch: £15.00
Twin/Double Room (2 sharing) B&B Saturday night: £118.00
Twin/Double Room Only (2 sharing) Saturday Night: £94.00
If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.
If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.
Kate Kirkpatrick is Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Culture at King's College London. She is the author of Sartre on Sin (OUP, 2017), Sartre and Theology (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Mystical Sources of Existentialist Thought (Routledge, 2018), and Becoming Beauvoir: A Life (Bloomsbury, 2019).
Jonathan Webber is Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University and President of the UK Sartre Society. He is the author of Rethinking Existentialism (OUP, 2018) and The Existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre (2009), editor of Reading Sartre: on Phenomenology and Existentialism (Routledge, 2011), and translator of Sartre's book The Imaginary (Routledge, 2004). For more on his current thoughts on existentialism, see: http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/rethinkingexistentialism/
Director of Studies
Marianne Talbot took her first degree at London University, then her B.Phil at Oxford (Corpus Christi College). She has taught for the colleges of Oxford University for 30 years (1987 – 1990 at Pembroke College, 1991 – 2000 at Brasenose College). She has been Director of Studies in Philosophy at OUDCE since 2001. She is the author of Bioethics: An Introduction, and Critical Reasoning: A Romp Through the Foothills of Logic. Marianne’s podcasts have been hugely popular. Two of them have been global number one on iTunesU. One of these (The Nature of Arguments) has been downloaded 7 million times.
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